Behind The Mask: Structural Racism Revealed in Maternal Outcomes Since COVID 19 (LIVE SESSION)

This session addresses the structural racism and implicit bias killing Black mothers and infants at an alarming rate, and the implications of COVID-19 on birth outcomes. Participants will receive historical education on the processes by which hospital systems and policies hold fast to practices that are toxic and deadly to Black bodies. This session will provide evidence based data on mortality rates, as well as practical and strategic methods that doulas and families can utilize to identify and neutralize obstetric violence and reduce the risks resulting from toxic policies. Participants will be given strategies to ensure the safety and satisfaction of clients, as well as information on protocols for evaluation and grievance issues within hospital systems.